Refresh & reface old tiling

Most experts agree that upgrading the kitchen and bathroom is the best way to add value to your home, often earning back most, if not all, of your outlay on fixtures and fittings.

Hayley Fenn, UK head of Granite Transformations gives us her affordable techniques, based on her own projects and experience of running one of the country’s leading home makeover brands.

1) Reface your old worktops – get an instant injection of quality and style, by overlaying your worn-out worktops with luxurious, slimline agglomerate surfaces in granite, quartz, recycled glass or porcelain. Kick out unfashionable colours and materials, without having to rip out existing countertops, and reface with fashionable white or off-white surfaces or plump like I did for perennially popular black, with a hint of mirror fleck to catch the light.

2) Change your cabinet doors – one good makeover trick is that you don’t have to tear out all those wall and base units, you can simply replace the cabinet doors and door fronts with made-to-measure fittings. Changing your doors and end panels to the latest high gloss acrylics, matt finishes and woodgrain effects, in a choice of contemporary or traditional fascia styles, will totally transform the look of your kitchen, without the expense of installing a new fitted kitchen.

3) Remodel the bathroom – much the same makeover tips can be applied to remodelling a bathroom that’s seen better days. You can reface outdated tiles by overlaying with slim agglomerate or mosaics-on-a-mattress. Update your fixtures and accessories by fitting a new bathroom or walk-in shower, twin his’n’hers sinks and modern brassware. Resurface vanity and storage units with water-resistant agglomerate and choose colour-themed floor tiles in the same material, to improve the look of your bathroom space. Retain the existing layout, though, to minimise plumbing or structural issues.

4) Get down to hard flooring – high on the must-have agenda for householders is replacing carpet, vinyl, laminate and cork floorcoverings with more hardwearing materials for an upscale look. Hardwood flooring brings grace and elegance, but believe me it’s pretty expensive and vulnerable to scratches, dents and staining. So consider instead agglomerate flooring, made from the same high performance materials as our worktops, in medium or large format tiles or seamless sheets, for a gorgeous yet practical finish.

Granite Transformations fitters will carry out all the work. Just get in touch with your nearest Granite Transformations showroom and they’ll show you all our remodelling materials, fixtures and fittings, then quote for the job, including installation.

visit the website for your nearest showroom or ring our hotline on 0800 044 5393.